The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced this week that they're investigating an incident that took place at the DraftKings Championship after a man claims the company screwed him out of a $1 million win.
Gambler Rufus Peabody said that he placed a series of bets this past weekend on two different NFL playoff games. He put down a $10,000 bet for a chance to win $1 million, but DraftKings claims that he didn't get the last bet in on time. Peabody still ended up taking home $330,000, but he is upset (understandably), as he feels that he's owed an extra $670,000. He decided to lodge a formal complaint with the DGE, saying that the book didn't pay winnings from the first game fast enough to let him fully participate in the second game, which was part of the promotion.
For their part, DraftKings is sticking to their guns. Spokesman James Chisolm said, "We recognize that in the rules the scheduled end of betting coincided very closely to the finish of the of Patriots-Chargers game. While we must follow our contest rules, we sincerely apologize for the experience several customers had where their bets were not graded in time to allow wagering on the Saints-Eagles game. We will learn from this experience and improve upon the rules and experience for future events."
The dispute isn't entirely unique for the new sportsbetting market, as rival FanDuel ended up with what they called a computer glitch, which cost a punter $82,000 in winnings. The group ended up paying the sum, but it's hard to imagine DraftKings paying out a huge discrepancy such as this one.
We'll update readers as we learn more.